Musings From Tonight And Doc!

Yes in some ways you cannot get enough Doc Emrick.  Doc was honored tonight in New Jersey and we have the photo to prove it.

Before the game, the Devils honored Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, their television voice for almost two decades. He recently received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame for his contributions as a broadcaster.  Quite simply when Doc does retire…the game will not be the same without him.  I can go on and on about how much fun is it just to get the right internet stream and be able to watch the MSG or MSG+ feed with Doc.  Obviously, a whale of a game for him to watch and call as the Devils rallied to win 4-3 in OT in what could be a back to back of the year for New Jersey.

Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice and Brendan Shanahan had a goal and an assist as the Devils erased a 3-1 deficit in the third to send it to overtime and then won it in the extra session for the second night in a row.  Marc-Andre Fleury made 39 saves for the Penguins who really deserved better as the Penguins were outplayed most of the night.

Some Other Notes From Tonight…..

— Minnesota State is beating Minnesota 6-2 late in the third as a melee broke out from a hit from behind.

— Denver University looks primed to take care of Alaska Anchorage.

— Edmonton looking solid against Minnesota

— Calgary and Kipper just rolling along folks over Nashville.

— 12 Games Tomorrow…starting at 12:30pm ET and going all night.

Once again I wanted to thank Steve and tomorrow WAC will bring it as always.  Thank you and have a great night.

Tonight’s Options….

Only five games tonight…so yes it is a bit of a light night. But here we go anyway.

Pittsburgh @ New Jersey
Time: 7pm
TV: FSPI, MSG+

Ottawa @ Columbus
Time: 7pm
TV: RSN,FSOH

Philly @ Tampa Bay
Time: 7:30pm
TV: CW57,SUN

Nashville @ Calgary
Time: 9pm
TV: FSS,RSW

Minnesota @ Edmonton
Time: 9pm
TV: FSNO, OPPV

Now not everyone has the nice option of being able to flip on Center Ice.  For those of us that do not…go check out justin.tv, atdhel.net, or even Hockey Webcasts.  So in the case you are not in the area or you just cannot get the game for whatever reason….hopefully that helps.  Now I am going to try and tell you who is going to win too.  Do not look if you are squeamish.

New Jersey, Columbus, Philly, Calgary, Edmonton

Good luck tonight and happy watching!  Remember to not forget the food and especially the beer.  Always have the beer handy!!!

They Let Anyone In….Honest!

Have I mentioned they will let anyone on here?  Well welcome to the loony side of hockey life.

Have a drink on me!  It's Friday!

Have a drink on me! It's Friday!

Like I said…..if you thought the short week would be dull hockey wise….you are dead wrong!  What cracks me up is hearing Ranger fans thinking that the apocalypse is here.  The quote I heard from Derek Felix of New York Hockey Report summed it up succinctly.  “That Devils team is like Michael Myers.  They bounce back from an injury to their franchise player like no other and figure out a way to get the job done.  This is not like the New York Rangers who have the same stinking GM in Sather and a coach slow to adapt like Tom Renney.  It makes me sick.”

Now here is the reality.  The New Jersey Devils are only three points ahead of the New York Rangers.  Anything can happen and usually does over the last couple months of the season.  The playoffs are about 10 weeks away…scary isn’t it?   Just for example, did anyone have Boston as the “Beasts Of The East” at the start of the season?  Somehow I do not think anyone did.

Speaking of Boston and New Jersey…last night’s game was one of the more bizarre ones that I have seen in months.  The Devils were up 2-0 then down 3-2 and somehow found a way to win in OT 4-3.  Here is some video.

Note in the third period how weird this game gets.  Chuck Kobasew scores on a goal that no one can figure how they can rule it was in because on the ice it was originally ruled no goal.  Boston then ties it and goes ahead after a creative “acting job” by Marc Savard.  Then the Devils tie it at 3 as Elias has the puck bounce under his stick and off his skate into the net.  The Devils first two goals were bizarre as well with weird bounces everywhere.  The funniest thing is very late in this video….Zach Parise has a conventional chance with about :23 left in regulation and Tim Thomas stoned him…go figure!

The Devils won it in OT as Jamie Langenbrunner gets a fortunate bounce and an easy rebound to shovel it by a fallen Tim Thomas.  Games like this end very crazy and this one was no exception.  It reminded me of the mid November game in New Jersey between the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils that ended 6-5 in a shootout win for New Jersey.  To think the Caps tied that game with less than a second left before Scott Clemmensen (who gave up 5 goals)…figured out a way to stop Ovechkin and company on every one of their shootout attempts.

Doc Emrick almost got laryngitis during this game again.  Will he have enough left in the tank for tonight?  He may want to get that chloroseptic ready because Pittsburgh is in New Jersey tonight and anything can happen these days when it comes to the New Jersey Devils.

Note:  A hat tip to ESPN who had Steve Smith’s own goal to eliminate the Oilers in a Game 7 of the 86 playoffs against Calgary on their top 10 list of cruelest ways to lose this morning on Sportscenter. See ya later.